The first flowers to appear in an English garden in spring time is the delicate looking snowdrop. The snowdrop may be thought of as a pure white flower but there are many varieties of snowdrops and some of them have green markings on the white petals. Some snowdrop varieties have an attractive green heart shaped mark on the petals.
What makes the snowdrop special and why is it loved by the English? This plant flowers very early in the year often after the cold weather in the winter months when the gardens have very few plants in flowers. As it is very early to flower it is often seen as one of the first sign of spring.
The way that the snowdrop found its way into the traditional English cottage garden is interesting.
How the snowdrop became an English spring time flower. In the 1850's the snowdrop was introduced into English gardens by being brought home by the soldiers returning from the Crimean War.
Galanthus - this part of the plant's name means milk flower.
The snowdrop can have pure white petals or have green markings on the white petals. Some of the snowdrop varieties have an attractive green heart shaped mark on the white of the petals.
The height the plant will achieve also varies with some being diminutive while others are taller.
According to the R.H.S. Plant Finder - (The Royal Horticultural Society) there are over 150 cultivars of the snowdrop.